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Staying ahead of the fantasy saves market | Week 19

August 8th, 2017 at 1:31 PM
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When fantasy owners muse who’s the closer for the Minnesota Twins or the hot hand for the Chicago White Sox, for many, every save matters. With this in mind, the saves column does it’s best to keep owners on top of the latest bullpen news in order to navigate the weeks ahead.

Since Shane Greene has ascended to the closer role in Detroit, he has converted three saves in a row despite a shaky bridge leading up to him in the ninth inning. Greene is also in the midst of a 14.1 scoreless innings streak, tied for the current lead with Matt Belisle of the Twins.

Trying to shore up the bullpen, the Chicago Cubs traded for Justin Wilson with mixed results so far, but they will be covered in more detail below along with situations to track with the Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins and the Twins. Before delving into these evolving bullpens, a moment of appreciation for the Washington Nationals’ rebuilt relief corps with Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle combining for a 1.80 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP with a 21:7 K:BB rate, converting six saves in a row without blowing a lead. Sometimes quantity can overcome perceived quality.

  • Two saves in a row for Belisle, but is he safe in the role? 

After the Kintzler trade, manager Paul Molitor maintained his bullpen would be matchup-based for the late innings without a defined closer. This seemed to be true with left-hander Taylor Rogers working the eighth inning on Sunday, facing Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo before turning over the ninth to Belisle. Belisle did record his first save since 2012 with the Rockies in a clean inning. He also worked on back-to-back nights, notching his second save on Monday night, giving up a double and striking out one. As noted above, Belisle has thrown 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings and seems to be riding momentum into the role.

Rogers does lead the majors with 25 holds, and being a southpaw could make his timeshare in the late innings a handicap. Also, he has allowed 11 runs over his last six outings after yielding only eight over his prior 42 appearances. Much of this will depend on if the scenario above would bring Odor and Gallo up in the ninth instead of the eighth inning. Plus, Belisle has made 37 appearances this year without …

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Tags: Fantasy, Fantasy Baseball, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers

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